LibriVox recording of This Crowded Earth, by Robert Bloch. Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012).
Robert Bloch (1917 – 1994) was a prolific writer in many genres. As a young man he was encouraged by his mentor H. P. Lovecraft, and was a close friend of Stanley G. Weinbaum. Besides hundreds of short stories and novels he wrote a number of television and film scripts including several for the original Star Trek. In 1959 Bloch wrote the novel Psycho which Alfred Hitchcock adapted to film a year later. He received the Hugo Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and he is a past president of the Mystery Writers of America. Published in Amazing Stories in 1958, This Crowded Earth is a thriller set on an overpopulated Earth of the future. (Summary by Gregg Margarite)
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May 5, 2018 Subject:
this crowded earth
Great reader and sound quality!
The story is rather original and already well described in the other reviews. I would also recommend this book
For the downsides I would just add that the plot is sometimes illogical and I wish they had female characters doing something else than existing to procreate.
October 11, 2010 Subject:
Good story, loved the ending!
The human race has gotten too large, and everyone is crowded. How can this be solved? By shrinking everyone. Oh wait, don't we need human guinea pigs to experiment on for that? The people will never stand for it, so I guess it must be done in secret. And if it does work, what are the long-term implications of this genetic tampering? The author does a nice job of exploring this hot topic and what the results might be.
The reader is excellent. This was a great story; I enjoyed it a lot.
August 10, 2010 Subject:
Over Population? The solution may be worse!
Over population a problem? Why not make people smaller! Good Book, mildly dystopic, the storyline seems plausable given the level of genetic manipulation we have achieved.
April 1, 2009 Subject:
This Crowded Earth - Robert Bloch
An excellent reading of an excellent story! I was captivated and terified by Mr. Bloch's solution to what is sure to be the human race's final problem.